This will take place at the small hall in the Tangmere Village Centre. We will meet at 6.45 pm for a prompt 7.00 pm start. Please come at 6.45 to help set the room up. The cost is £3 for club members and £4 for non-members.
Members are encouraged to bring along prints and/or digital images for in-depth constructive critique. We look forward to seeing you and your images.
With the Preview held on Wednesday 21st and the official start on Saturday 24th, A Celebration of People and Places is truly open.
The Preview was a wonderful evening with a real buzz and very positive responses. It was especially good to see long-established members of the Club who are no longer regular attendees and whose work is featured in the archive section. We are getting excellent feedback, and it has been really encouraging to hear from Club members who have said how proud they are to be part of the exhibition.
We also have very good coverage from the Chichester Post and Spirit FM, with Rob Campling and I ensuring a press photo session and then I did a joint interview with Stephanie Thorndyke, the museum’s manager. I hope this will also give us good coverage for our other exhibitions throughout the year.
The team at the museum have really done us proud, and it has been a real pleasure to work with them. I must also thank the other Club members who joined our very small but perfectly formed working party who drew the exhibition together from the Club’s side. That’s Kim Tattersall, Peter Rocchiccioli, John Howes and Dave Abbott. Special thanks are due to Dave for all his work on the archives and records which has given us so much detail of the Club’s history. It was purely coincidental that we received the print of Club members on a trip from 1896 earlier this summer and thanks to Dave we now know who most of them are, what they were doing and their roles in the Club. Dave will be building up the special section on the Club’s website with some of these stories.
Still to come will be the community contributions the Novium is co-ordinating. The exhibition runs until the 10th March – so plenty of time for several visits!
A couple of years ago we celebrated ‘Little Christmas’ for the first time and this is now a regular feature in our calendar. We shamelessly stole Little Christmas from the traditional Irish Nollaig na mBan, but this – or Women’s Christmas – is also celebrated in the Scottish Highlands (Nollaig Bheag), the Isle of Man and parts of England, such as Lancashire, and marks Epiphany or Twelfth Night (6th January).
The Irish tradition features the men taking over the household duties while the women put their feet up and those of us who have visited Camp in County Kerry, shared photographs of the women’s party there a while back. I can’t say how far the Club ladies have succeeded in establishing that particular element but the lunchtime celebration is now a Club regular.
As Twelfth Night falls on a Sunday this year, we are meeting on Saturday 5th at the Walnut Tree at 12.30 for 1pm and all the Club ladies are very welcome. You do need however to book and in the first instance should let me know you would like to come so that I can make the arrangements with the Walnut Tree.
Please email me on firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 21st December to let me know if you wish to join us. There is no need to tell me if you aren’t coming.
This year we have a charitable element to the lunch as well. Many of you will be aware of ‘period poverty’, the simply appalling situation where girls and young women are skipping school or college as they cannot afford or access sanitary protection. Given most of us in the Club no longer have this expenditure I thought we might contribute to the Red Box Scheme run locally by Chichester College and I will arrange for a collection box to be at the Club. Any of the men who might have read this far, you might like to ask the women in your lives if they would also like to donate – or indeed slip some money into the box and I’ll make the necessary purchase.
There will be a meeting of the Digital Group on Tuesday 27th November in the Small Hall at Tangmere Village Centre at 7.30.
For the first part of the evening David Abbott will talk about using the Adjustment Brush and the Gradiant tools in Lightroom. After the break Mike Davison will show how he achieves his wonderful high key images. Members £3.00 Non-Members £4.00
We are having a portrait shoot of The Tangmere Players at a dress rehearsal at the Tangmere village hall at 2pm on Sunday December 2nd. Let Jan Davis or Andy Dulson know if you are interested in coming.
At the same time we will also be photographing individual shots of the Father Christmas with children. He is installed in a sledge in the parking place at the Coop.
Great developers group evening on Wednesday with two external speakers, Carl Cresswell from LCE and Vince Cater from Fotospeed. Carl brought a range of cameras and explained their features and costs and Vince talked about printing and paper. Attendees thought that the evening was extremely enjoyable and useful. It gave them a chance to play with the hardware and gain a better understanding of printing, print profiling and paper for specific photographic genre.
Carl and Vince gave me good feedback as they also enjoyed the evening and declared that they would be happy to attend again either to the developers group, other groups or on a club evening.
My thanks to both for an entertaining and instructive evening.
The 3rd Heat of the Small Print Competition is on 6 December. This is just a small reminder that the deadline for entries is Thursday 29 November. Please hand your images in either this week to me, or next week to Guy Partington. Many thanks and good luck!
Just a reminder that the next developers group will be held on Wednesday 21st in the small hall at 19.30pm. We have two external speakers for the evening, Carl, the manager of the London Camera Exchange in Chichester and Vince from Fotospeed. It would be nice to have a good turnout as they are giving their time and expertise for free. Hope to see you all there.
One of the many things that go on in the background of the Club is the liaison between us and the Village Centre Management. Most of those discussions are about day-to-day matters, but there are some developments coming along that should bring very good improvements for us that I thought you might like to hear about.
The entrance doors and the lobby are to be remodelled, and the very good news on that is that the doors will soon be fully accessible by our less mobile members and be DDA compliant. You can expect that around Christmas or the New Year. We also had an issue last week with cars parked in the disabled car parking spaces – not we think by our members – but you’ll also be pleased to know that the car park is to be tarmacked and when that happens, the disabled parking bays will be repainted and there will be eye level signs added to make restrictions clearer.
The other big news is that funding has been secured to greatly improve the audio visual kit at the hall, including fixed projection screen(s). We are in discussion with the hall about the specifications for screens, and look forward to these changes which should be in the spring and will mean no more (or at least much less) carrying about of the screen for projection evenings.
And finally – putting out and stacking the chairs can be a real task, and while for the time being we are asked to stack and put chairs into the cupboard to take up the minimum room so other hall users can get access, the hall management will be looking at new mobile racked seating that will make life much easier for everyone. That’s going to take longer so your forbearance and assistance in getting everything away at the end of each evening will be appreciated.
Seating at the Assembly Room that stacks away on mobile trolleys
Our exhibition at the Novium is coming together this week – and starting to look very exciting. Some of the working group spent Monday finalising the arrangement of all the prints, and on Wednesday and Thursday of this week everything is being hung.
What a real treat – we have someone doing that for us, and it really is quite a task, so grateful thanks! There are a few pictures of work in progress below.
There is still some space for the Preview Evening next Wednesday 21st November, so if you haven’t yet replied to Laura Williams at the Novium (please see the separate post), please do so in the next day or two.
Any members who have greetings cards for sale, or even prints that are display ready and might attract sales, do please let me know as the shop is also being fitted out with a photography theme and we can have space there (at a 15% commission).
Lorna BrownA section of the installed time line wall
Prints stacked and ready to be hung The Novium’s Window promoting our ExhibitionSome on the archive prints waiting to be displayed
All images Lorna Brown
Patron: The Right Worshipful Mayor of Chichester. Affiliated to the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain through the Southern Counties Photographic Federation.